Chapter 27: Saoirse the Recluse

Day 367, Isle of Searbh   A knock awoke Riagan from a nap. He stumbled to the door disoriented. He brushed his sienna hair out of his eyes. He opened the door to see Brighid with a tray. She was awake, impatient and staring him down with measured kindness. “What is it, Brighid?” Riagan asked…

Chapter 21: Breakfast Scene

Tearlag waits for Seamus to arrive at breakfast. Plotting. Waiting to attack. Out the window, you can see Searbh in the distance.

Chapter 26: Aoibheann

Day 366, Isle of Searbh “Planting a garden during harvest is so bizarre. I mean, normally we’re sorting produce and gathering grains. Preserving, salting, etc. This is weird. It’s not even Imbolc! This is a mess. Your Mum has no idea what she’s doing!” Aoibheann said. She was hunkered over baskets of seeds in a…

Chapter 25: Brighid’s Wedding

20 years ago, Reign of High Chieftain Conn, Innis Aran   Saoirse stood behind her friend, pinning Brighid’s fire plume of hair into place. Many braids cascaded into woven textured at the crown of her head. What was left underneath cascaded down past her shoulders, skimming her waist. To her right, Brynhildr arranged wildflowers into…

Chapter 24: Searbh of the Lost

Day 363, Isle of Searbh   “Is she getting any better?” Carrick asked Brighid. He handed her a soaking garment and she began to scrub it with a brush. “I don’t know, she’s not letting me come see her now. She takes all meals in the room, if she eats. Riagan is the only one…

Characters 02

Roisin, pregnant with Luiseach, and Seamus.   Carrick and Brighid, on Searbh.   Tearlag, as Dowager. Her age really starting to show. On top of the fortress looking out at Galway Bay.